Today, Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant picked up some hardware: the Golden Spikes award, given to the year’s top amateur player. Given his historic season at San Diego, I don’t think anyone was surprised about Bryant’s win.
The Cubs took Bryant second overall in the Draft this year and signed him for the highest bonus in the Draft ($6.7 million), so I doubt they were surprised, either. Bryant is one of the Cubs’ best prospects – slotting somewhere in the top four with Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Albert Almora – and he has headed down to Arizona to get settled into the organization before opening his season, presumably, at short-season Low-A Boise.
Bryant is the second Cubs prospect, selected second overall, to win the award. Mark Prior won it back in 2001.
Congratulations to Bryant on the win, and congratulations to the Cubs for having an awesome prospect.